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Now that Swfdec uses gstreamer for it's back-end, it can be added to Fedora to provide Flash support.


  • Name: BrianPepple

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 9
  • Last updated: 2008-03-18
  • Percentage of completion: 100%

Detailed Description

Swfdec is a decoder/renderer for Macromedia Flash animations, and currently it handles most Flash 3, 4 and many Flash 7 and 8 videos. It consists of three packages: swfdec, swfdec-gnome, and swfdec-mozilla, which have been added to Fedora Rawhide. Whether swfdec-mozilla is installed by default will be voted on by FESCo before beta release based on testing and desktop team feedback.

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora will have a free implementation of Flash.


All swfdec packages have been packaged, reviewed, and appear in rawhide. Here's a message from upstream giving a good description of the strengths and weakness of swfdec:

swfdec and swfdec-mozilla now have GStreamer missing-plugins support .

Test Plan

User Experience

"Hey, Flash works"


  • Gstreamer & Pulse Audio

Contingency Plan

Don't install swfdec-mozilla by default.



Release Notes

Add a note that swfdec-mozilla is installed by default, and to play back the flash videos (YouTube, etc.) however, you will need codecs that are not available in the Fedora repositories.